I am writing this article in Berlin because I am back since middle of April. Maybe you will think after my last articles that I´m crazy when I say: I miss Brazil but it´s true. I left Sao Paulo when the Impeachment demonstrations were and arrived in Berlin in a cold of 10 degrees. When I came out of the airport I noticed that I need to take out my sweaters because I was freezing. The first contact to a German was to the taxi driver with a general bad mood and that was the point that I realized: Yes, I am back in Berlin.
For sure I don’t regret the time there because I made a lot of experiences and learned so many things here, good and bad ones of course. First of all I learned the language, 4 months extensive course and I am finally speaking Portuguese! This was my target and I reached it, it helped me a lot to speak Portuguese here because as I told already, not a lot of people does here. It made the life easier and secure in different situations. In the beginning I was insecure to take the busses here because when I would be lost, no one could really help me. Who I should ask and the chance to find someone who speaks English is so low.
Another point I learned is to keep calm here. If something doesn’t work like you want it, don’t stress yourself and wait until it´s solved. So many examples to mention but I take one. I bought a Samsung phone here and after one week the camera was not working anymore so I went to the technical assistance to get the phone repaired. The worker told me to wait two hours and I could take the phone. Sounded too great to be truth! In the end I was there for 6 hours, after asking a lot of times I had my phone back and noticed that they repaired the camera but broke the battery loading system. Went to another assistance again and I should wait one day, one day became 1 week. When I was there to pick up the phone, I had to wait again, of course, because the workers couldn’t find my phone anymore. Situations like this are usual here, the difference is that in Germany the worker would almost have a heart attack and here in brazil the people are so relaxed. A good example is the supermarket desk here, in Germany you run like a crazy to be fast, so I did this here also in the beginning until I noticed that there is no need to do this because anyway everyone is so relaxed. First times the desk worker told me: Calma! It means relax. I started to do this and maybe now I am sometimes to relaxed here, who knows, I guess I don’t care so much about anymore.
I´m proud that I understand now the public transport system of Sao Paulo without problems now so I also use the busses and the metro without problems. Learned also that when it starts to rain, I should better wait or try to take a taxi. The public transports are so full when it rains. Most important here is also to keep calm. I discovered the neighbourhoods and now where I can get the things I need. Workers from the markets and bakeries here close know me and sometimes I can be so lazy that I don’t even need to say what I want because they know it already. What a service! Sometimes I wish to see that more often in Germany.
These days since I am back I´m noticing that Brazil influenced me in my behavior. Although I was thinking that I am more calm now, it´s not true. In the supermarkets I´m still relaxed here even if the others have no patience, I simply don´t care about it! Some friends told me that I always have a smile now when I´m talking, I did not notice it, maybe it´s also an influence from Brazil. I really love Berlin and it´s my home right now and for some years more but I will be back in Brazil soon again for a student exchange and I can´t wait for it. Even if Brazil will never be the country where I want to live forever, it is somehow in my heart since 2 years now. I have a lot of memories about my time there, friends visited me, I made new friends and so on. I miss my bus adventures in Sao Paulo and simply to be lost and to discover something new. Here everything is organized, of course it´s fine but sometimes I need more chaos. Still I´m reading Brazilian news and watch series on Netflix in Portuguese. I learned a lot in this way to speak the language. Here in Berlin I do a Portuguese course and it´s right now the only possibility to train but nowadays here a lot of Brazilian events which was never before I guess. One important point here in Berlin is the security, I can go out in the night without taking a taxi and have the fear that something could happen to me or someone will thieve me. I don´t want to say that this can´t happen here, of course it can but the general safety is more given here. Enjoy the reading